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Working As a Grounds Person

  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Controlling Machines and Processes
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Getting Information
  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • $26,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Grounds Person Do

Grounds maintenance workers ensure that the grounds of houses, businesses, and parks are attractive, orderly, and healthy in order to provide a pleasant outdoor environment.

Duties

Grounds maintenance workers typically do the following:

  • Mow, edge, and fertilize lawns
  • Weed and mulch landscape beds
  • Trim hedges, shrubs, and small trees
  • Remove dead, damaged, or unwanted trees
  • Plant flowers, trees, and shrubs
  • Water lawns, landscapes, and gardens
  • Monitor and maintain plant health

Grounds maintenance workers are generally under the direction of a professional grounds manager and perform a variety of tasks to achieve a pleasant and functional outdoor environment. They also care for indoor gardens and plantings in commercial and public facilities, such as malls, hotels, and botanical gardens.

The following are examples of types of grounds maintenance workers:

Landscaping workers plant trees, flowers, and shrubs to create new outdoor spaces or upgrade existing ones. They also trim, fertilize, mulch, and water plants. Some grade and install lawns or construct hardscapes such as walkways, patios, and decks. Others help install lighting or sprinkler systems. Landscaping workers are employed in a variety of residential and commercial settings, such as homes, apartment buildings, office buildings, shopping malls, and hotels and motels.

Groundskeeping workers, also called groundskeepers, maintain grounds. They care for plants and trees, rake and mulch leaves, and clear snow from walkways. They work on athletic fields, golf courses, cemeteries, university campuses, and parks, as well as in many of the same settings that landscaping workers work. They also see to the proper upkeep of sidewalks, parking lots, fountains, fences, planters, and benches, as well as groundskeeping equipment.

Groundskeeping workers who care for athletic fields keep natural and artificial turf in top condition, mark out boundaries, and paint turf with team logos and names before events. They mow, water, fertilize, and aerate the fields regularly. They must ensure that the underlying soil on fields with natural turf has the composition required to allow proper drainage and to support the grass used on the field. In sports venues, they vacuum and disinfect synthetic turf to prevent the growth of harmful bacteria and they remove the turf and replace the cushioning pad periodically.

Groundskeepers in parks and recreation facilities care for lawns, trees, and shrubs; maintain playgrounds; clean buildings; and keep parking lots, picnic areas, and other public spaces free of litter. They also may erect and dismantle snow fences and maintain swimming pools. These workers inspect buildings and equipment, make needed repairs, and keep everything freshly painted.

Some groundskeepers specialize in caring for cemeteries and memorial gardens. They dig graves to specified depths, generally using a backhoe. They mow grass regularly, apply fertilizers and other chemicals, prune shrubs and trees, plant flowers, and remove debris from graves.

Greenskeepers maintain golf courses. Their work is similar to that of groundskeepers, but they also periodically relocate holes on putting greens and maintain benches and tee markers along the course and provide more intense turf maintenance. In addition, greenskeepers keep canopies, benches, and tee markers repaired and freshly painted.

Pesticide handlers, sprayers, and applicators apply herbicides, fungicides, and insecticides on plants or the soil to prevent or control weeds, insects, and diseases. Those who work for chemical lawn or tree service firms are more specialized, inspecting lawns for problems and applying fertilizers, pesticides, and other chemicals to stimulate growth and prevent or control weeds, diseases, or insect infestations.

Tree trimmers and pruners, also called arborists, cut away dead or excess branches from trees or shrubs to clear utility lines, roads, and sidewalks. Although many of these workers strive to improve the appearance and health of trees and plants, some specialize in diagnosing and treating tree diseases. Others specialize in pruning, trimming, and shaping ornamental trees and shrubs. Tree trimmers and pruners use chain saws, chippers, and stump grinders while on the job. When trimming near power lines, they usually work on truck-mounted lifts and use power pruners.

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How To Become A Grounds Person

Most grounds maintenance workers need no formal education and are trained on the job. Most states require licensing for workers who apply pesticides and fertilizers.

Education

Although most grounds maintenance jobs have no education requirements, some employers may require formal education or certification in areas such as landscape design, horticulture, or arboriculture.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Most states require workers who apply pesticides and fertilizers to be licensed. Obtaining a license usually involves passing a test on the proper use and disposal of insecticides, herbicides, and fungicides.

The National Association of Landscape Professionals offers seven certifications in landscaping and grounds maintenance for workers at various experience levels.

The Tree Care Industry Association offers certification for tree care safety professionals.

The International Society of Arboriculture offers six certifications for workers at various experience levels.

The Professional Grounds Management Society offers certification for workers at various experience levels.

Training

A short period of on-the-job training is usually enough to teach new hires the skills they need, which often include how to plant and maintain areas and how to use mowers, trimmers, leaf blowers, small tractors, and other equipment. Large institutional employers such as golf courses, university campuses, or municipalities may supplement on-the-job training with coursework in horticulture or small-engine repair.

Advancement

Grounds maintenance workers who have good communication skills may become crew leaders or advance into other supervisory positions. Becoming a manager or a landscape contractor may require some formal education and several years of related work experience. Some workers use their experience to start their own landscaping companies.

Important Qualities

Physical stamina. Grounds maintenance workers must be capable of doing physically strenuous labor for long hours, occasionally in extreme heat or cold.

Self-motivated. Because they often work with little supervision, grounds maintenance workers must be able to do their job independently.

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Average Length of Employment
Grounds Foreman 3.7 years
Tree Climber 3.3 years
Arborist 3.2 years
Bucket Operator 2.8 years
Tree Trimmer 2.8 years
Tree Expert 2.7 years
Climber 2.4 years
Grounds Keeper 2.3 years
Yard Person 2.3 years
Ground Worker 2.1 years
Grounds Person 2.0 years
Ground Crewman 1.8 years
Groundman 1.8 years
Groundsman 1.8 years
Ground Crew 1.7 years
Top Careers Before Grounds Person
Cashier 11.3%
Technician 6.0%
Driver 5.9%
Cook 5.3%
Custodian 4.4%
Operator 3.9%
Foreman 3.3%
Manager 3.0%
Top Careers After Grounds Person
Driver 10.2%
Foreman 6.3%
Operator 5.1%
Cook 5.0%
Cashier 4.7%
Technician 4.6%
Mechanic 3.4%
Groundsman 3.0%
Welder 3.0%

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Average Yearly Salary
$26,000
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$21,000
Min 10%
$26,000
Median 50%
$26,000
Median 50%
$26,000
Median 50%
$26,000
Median 50%
$26,000
Median 50%
$26,000
Median 50%
$26,000
Median 50%
$32,000
Max 90%
Highest Paying City
San Rafael, CA
Highest Paying State
Massachusetts
Avg Experience Level
2.1 years
How much does a Grounds Person make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Grounds Person in the United States is $26,227 per year or $13 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $21,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $32,000.

Real Grounds Person Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Ground Person The F.A. Bartlett Tree Expert Company, Inc. San Rafael, CA Oct 15, 2016 $35,375
Ground Person The F.A. Bartlett Tree Expert Company, Inc. MA Apr 01, 2015 $35,270
Ground Person The F.A. Bartlett Tree Expert Company, Inc. Waltham, MA Apr 01, 2016 $34,790
Ground Person F.A. Bartlett Tree Experts Company, Inc. MA Apr 01, 2014 $34,081
Ground Person The F.A. Bartlett Tree Expert Company, Inc. Elmsford, NY Apr 01, 2016 $33,309
Ground Person The F.A. Bartlett Tree Expert Company, Inc. NJ Apr 01, 2015 $29,948
Ground Person The F.A. Bartlett Tree Expert Company, Inc. Denville, NJ Apr 01, 2016 $29,573
Ground Person The F.A. Bartlett Tree Expert Company, Inc. Raleigh, NC Apr 01, 2016 $28,488
Ground Person F.A. Bartlett Tree Experts Company, Inc. Apr 01, 2014 $28,404
Ground Person The F.A. Bartlett Tree Expert Company, Inc. VA Apr 01, 2015 $27,674
Ground Person The F.A. Bartlett Tree Expert Company, Inc. Springfield, VA Apr 01, 2016 $27,340
Ground Person F.A. Bartlett Tree Experts Company, Inc. MD Apr 01, 2014 $26,839
Ground Person The F.A. Bartlett Tree Expert Company, Inc. TX Apr 01, 2015 $25,148
Ground Person F.A. Bartlett Tree Expert Company, Inc. SC Apr 01, 2015 $24,961
Ground Person The F.A. Bartlett Tree Expert Company, Inc. Austin, TX Apr 01, 2016 $24,710
Ground Person F.A. Bartlett Tree Experts Company, Inc. SC Apr 01, 2014 $24,522
Ground Person The F.A. Bartlett Tree Expert Company, Inc. Carmel, IN Apr 01, 2016 $24,376
Ground Person F.A. Bartlett Tree Experts Company, Inc. IN Apr 01, 2014 $24,376
Ground Person F.A. Bartlett Tree Experts Company, Inc. TX Apr 01, 2014 $24,355
Ground Person The F.A. Bartlett Tree Expert Company, Inc. NC Apr 01, 2015 $24,126
Ground Person The F.A. Bartlett Tree Expert Company, Inc. IN Apr 01, 2015 $23,896

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Top Skills for A Grounds Person

  1. Safety Procedures
  2. Chain Saws
  3. Bucket Truck
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Followed safety procedures on a daily basis.
  • Changed oil, gas and chains on chain saws.
  • Drive high rangers (bucket trucks), Log loaders, load wood and brush into piles or onto trucks.
  • Provided general labor on the job site (lifting, carrying, digging, etc.)
  • Plant operations, operating heavy equipment and maintaining inventory.

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Top 10 Best States for Grounds People

  1. Vermont
  2. Rhode Island
  3. Connecticut
  4. Massachusetts
  5. New Hampshire
  6. Oregon
  7. Delaware
  8. Minnesota
  9. Washington
  10. Maine
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Grounds Person Resume Examples And Tips

The average resume reviewer spends between 5 to 7 seconds looking at a single resume, which leaves the average job applier with roughly six seconds to make a killer first impression. Thanks to this, a single typo or error on your resume can disqualify you right out of the gate. At Zippia, we went through over 2,244 Grounds Person resumes and compiled some information about how best to optimize them. Here are some suggestions based on what we found, divided by the individual sections of the resume itself.

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Grounds Person Demographics

Gender

Male

85.3%

Unknown

8.3%

Female

6.3%
Ethnicity

White

63.5%

Hispanic or Latino

14.2%

Black or African American

12.4%

Asian

7.0%

Unknown

2.9%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

88.9%

Norwegian

5.6%

Thai

5.6%

Grounds Person Education

Schools

Northwest Lineman College

8.1%

Universal Technical Institute

6.8%

University of Phoenix

6.8%

Atlanta Technical College

5.4%

Trident Technical College

5.4%

University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point

5.4%

Erie Community College

5.4%

Porter and Chester Institute

5.4%

Gaston College

5.4%

Kaplan University

5.4%

Southern Crescent Technical College

4.1%

The Academy

4.1%

Davidson County Community College

4.1%

Daytona State College

4.1%

University of Alabama at Birmingham

4.1%

Pennsylvania State University

4.1%

Metropolitan Community College

4.1%

West Virginia University

4.1%

Marshall University

4.1%

Vance-Granville Community College

4.1%
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Majors

Business

16.3%

General Studies

13.1%

Automotive Technology

10.9%

Electrical Engineering Technology

6.7%

Precision Metal Working

5.9%

Criminal Justice

5.9%

Computer Science

4.5%

Electrical Engineering

4.5%

Heating And Air Conditioning

3.5%

Psychology

3.2%

Biology

2.9%

Education

2.9%

Graphic Design

2.9%

Industrial Technology

2.7%

Forestry

2.7%

Environmental Science

2.7%

Electrical And Power Transmission Installers

2.4%

Management

2.1%

English

2.1%

Accounting

2.1%
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Degrees

Other

50.7%

Bachelors

16.9%

Associate

14.5%

Certificate

11.1%

Diploma

5.0%

Masters

0.9%

License

0.4%

Doctorate

0.3%
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Updated May 19, 2020